DLA to be replaced by PIP from 2013/14
December 6, 2010
DWP is now looking to scrap the DLA by 2013/14 and replace it with something called Personal Independence Payment, to “help disabled people remove the barriers they face to leading full and independent lives.”
The assessment will be objective, reflect the impact of the barriers disabled people may experience, and make sure they are treated as individuals. Central to Personal Independence Payment will be a new, fairer, objective assessment, which will allow us to identify those who face the greatest need, in a more consistent and transparent manner. We are developing the new assessment in collaboration with a group of independent specialists in health, social care and disability, including disabled people. Personal Independence Payment will be based on need not income and will be a more active benefit, recognising changes to individuals’ situations and taking account of the support that disabled people can access to help them live independently. Where possible, we will signpost individuals to support that may help them manage their condition. We will ensure that the award continues to reflect the individual’s changing needs over time by building in periodic reviews.
We want to know who these independent specialists might mean? And how independent will they be and who is paying these specialists and why did they think they need to replace the DLA in the first place?
Disabled people have to go through many hurdles to get the DLA anyway – this will enforce their fears that the Coalition intents to cut the existing benefits and put up more barriers to independent living.
Disabled people and their organisations should absolutely voice their rights in the consultation.